One post for yesterday's and today's related questions.
Day 28 - First t.v. show obsession
My first obsession was with Twin Peaks, I suppose (in 1990), although it was not nearly as bad as last year's obsession with the first series of Being Human and this year's with Life on Mars.
Day 29 - Current t.v. show obsession
Current obsession with a t.v. show: Life on Mars; obsession with a current t.v. show: none.
And now the end is near: last question tomorrow!
Day 21 - Favorite ship
Runners up: Mitchell/Annie from Being Human.
Whereas Annie's relationship with George is purely sister/brother, with Mitchell we can sense a mutual attraction. They'd make a good couple. Mitchell's being a vampire can be dangerous to his love interests, but since Annie is a ghost, he doesn't have to worry about accidentally killing her.
They sort of half-kiss in episode 1.04 and it is sweet and cute, and although they are both distracted by others in the second series, the final episode shows that they do have a deep connection. It has been hinted that their relationship may develop into something more in the third series.
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I was quite happy to ship Gene/Alex during Ashes to Ashes, but when I started watching Life on Mars I knew this was the real deal. Sam and Gene belong together.
A lot of credit for that has to go to the actors and the people who cast them. I don't think LoM could have been anywhere near as good without John Simm and/or Philip Glenister. Apart from being great actors, they also have fantastic chemistry together. Their body types complement each other and perfectly match their characters' personalities. I read somewhere that Gene is like a bulldog and Sam like a terrier, which is so apt (and something the US remake got spectacularly wrong).
The Sam/Gene dynamic is definitely the most important aspect of LoM. Even the creators have said that the real love story is between them. Although they often fight they develop a mutual respect and friendship, and they need each other to become better people. Gene, who may seem like a big bully but is protective of his team in general and of Sam in particular, shows remarkable patience whenever Sam has one of his crazy spells. Sam/Gene = my OTP forever.
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Day 15 - Favorite female character
I may have forgotten a few, but Patsy in Ab Fab, Lucille Bluth in Arrested Development, Diana in Waiting for God, Delores Herbig in Dead Like Me, Phyllis in Life on Mars, Shaz in Ashes to Ashes, Zoey in Nurse Jackie, Pauline in The League of Gentlemen, and Annie from Being Human are the ones I can come up with for now. Of these, Annie is probably my favourite.
Basically a bubbly, fun-loving and caring personality, somewhere along the line Annie has become a shadow of herself. Turning into a ghost after her deadly fall from the stairs has done nothing to help that, and she feels confused, insecure, lonely and trapped in the house she died in.
Then George and Mitchell move in, and she gradually regains her self-confidence with a little help from the boys. Coming to terms with the truth about her death, she steadily becomes more assertive, until towards the end of the first series she discovers she has some rather impressive powers of her own. Go Annie!
A lovely Annie picspam can be found here.
Day 14 - Favorite male character
Oh god, where do I begin? The fun thing about this meme is that it makes me think of series that have all but disappeared in the mists of time.
Tom Conti's character in The Glittering Prizes (WHY has this only been released as a region 1 DVD??), Derek Jacobi as Claudius, Sir Humphrey in Yes, (Prime) Minister, Special Agent Cooper in Twin Peaks, Benton Fraser (and Dieffenbaker) in Due South, Michael in Arrested Development, Blackadder from series 2 onward (and let's not forget Percy and Baldrick), David Tennant as Casanova, Gene Hunt in LoM/A2A... no doubt I have overlooked many more.
Bill Nighy is a scene-stealer in most everything he's in, a.o. as Cameron in State of Play. Then there were a few minor characters in Being Human that didn't get nearly enough screen time for my liking: Gilbert the emo '80s ghost who spoke in Smiths songtitles; Mark the sarky hospital chaplain; and the very suave vampire (and Kate Bush fan) Ivan. Which reminds me BTW that Herrick is my favourite baddie.
Sam Tyler is my favouritest character though. Somewhere during the first series I fell in love. I don't know exactly when it happened (that's the problem with watching a whole series in one day, it all becomes a bit blurry); at the very latest it was episode 1x06, but I think it was probably much earlier than that.